Weekly Update – Beginning of June

It’s been over a week now since I’ve updated, and I am a bit behind for my weekend post too.  We’ve been having a busy June so far and it will continue being busy.  This weekend I am going to attempt to have a rummage sale so I’ve been getting ready for that, and then the following weekend is Bridgefest and the first local parade of the season! Then before we know it, it will be the 4th of July and then I’m going to run in this years’ Canal Run and pretty soon it will be September and time for Joe’s Iron Man.

We’ve been trying to get outside a lot when it is nice out but I don’t take a lot of pictures outside because I’d have to carry my phone or camera and I try not to take them outside with me (so I don’t have to keep track of them and not break them). We have gone to the play ground a bunch and regularly take Cora out on walks.  James also got a new little T-Ball set we have been (sort of) playing with.  He likes to play with it in his own way anyways and all kinds of buckets, rocks, trucks, his slide, shovels… whatever he can find outside is fair game.  Today he found an ancient dirty jump rope in one of our buildings and it was the best toy ever.  He especially liked having me hold onto one end and then he held onto the other and we took turns leading each other around. Fun!

Here are some of the activities we’ve had going on inside lately.


Water play with different colours and buckets of water along with different scoops for mixing and transferring… and some plastic bugs for good measure.


Lots of tower building with blocks and Mega  Blocks.  This was an awesome tower but we knocked it over.  We’ve had a couple that made it as tall as me because James like to make them tall.  He will pick up a piece and then I lift him up to put it on top until it falls over from being too tall.


Rice sensory bin.  Yes, it was incredibly messy but we had fun and it swept up pretty easy.


One afternoon we took this big red tub and random toys outside and played in the grass with soapy water.  Other days we play in the dirt in the flower beds. Like today, James came inside covered from head to toe in dirt because we were burried his bare feet and he dug holes and even rubbed his head in it.  I guess dirt feels good in his hair.


This past weekend Joe and I took James to a little Farm Day event.  He got to pet baby farm animals and do some activities! Mostly he didn’t really care about the activities they let him have some prizes anyways and he also got ice cream.

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Found on Pinterest, this $10 Connect Four game is pretty fun! James filled up the entire thing twice while I was putting groceries away but now since then he has only half-heartedly done it… he has more fun finding other places to his the chips and playing with them in other ways.


This activity was also fun for awhile but then James lost interest and I had to take it away because he wanted to dance around with it and those sticks are hard wooden skewers.  The goal is to thread the coloured noodles onto the skewers.  He did really well, it was easy for him, which is maybe why he got distracted and bored.  He also decided that it was fun to put the noodles in his front teeth and crack them in half.  This activity is not currently out for him to pick anymore… maybe will get it out again off and on but I don’t want him to crack all the noodles in half after I took the time to dye them and I don’t want him to hurt himself with skewers 🙂


Sunday was rainy and I was browsing the local Facebook rummage sale page and found these puzzles so James and I took a drive to Calumet while Joe did homework (his class is going well and I think he is doing great but the homework takes forever to do… like hours and hours and hours every week!)  James got really good at puzzles all of a sudden so he seemed to like these… although he also likes to pretend drive the cars around the house too.


Two last pictures from tonight! An incredibly dirty toddler…his legs and feet and head were covered in dirt from outside, his belly was covered in our pasta supper and then we were getting ready to go up for bath when he brought me the Sun butter and wanted more to eat, so he stood at the counter and demolished close to 10 tortilla chips covered in Sun butter. Apparently the best snack ever!  James has been dragging his steps over to the counter lately anytime he wants to help or inspect what I am doing in the kitchen.  He is a very good cooking helper!



Gardening, Nature Walks, and Park Time

Here are a handful of pictures from our week!

James has gotten to take a couple of walks with just me this week, instead of taking Cora too, so he got to get out of the stroller and explore.  One was in Dollar Bay and the other was on the trail.  This walk we met a bird and talked to it for a long time.

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James checking out the bird above and then doing to grading work with his truck below.


We also did a bit of gardening.  We planted sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and tomato seeds in egg cartons inside (they are pretty late, not sure if we will actually get any pumpkins or tomatoes from them) and then today we planted pole beans, lima beans (James’ choice) and snap peas along with a bit of lettuce and some Columbine flower seeds.  Will probably plant a couple more things coming up once the garden is ready to go. We started weeding too it is pretty bad so it isn’t ready for plants yet.


We’ve been to the play ground several times this week and then yesterday we went to a fun birthday party and then stopped at a new park on the way home!


Little Updates, Painting, Cleaning, James and Loads of Pictures! (Part 1)

It’s been awhile since I’ve done just an update post so I have loads of photos and split my post into two different ones so no one was overloaded!


I can’t remember if I posted this or not but this is a tasty chicken stew Joe made for us with homemade little doughnuts. I think it is actually a Vietnamese breakfast food but it was tasty for supper too!


James bugging the dog.  She was really sweet to tolerate him and I made him get down.  He is learning to pet gently and be kind to animals.


James learned how to roll open the back window.  Sometimes when Joe leaves for work or a bike ride he goes up on the stool and rolls open the window to watch him.


James also learned how to push a chair over to the counter or washing machine to see what is up there.  I needed something from those cupboards and he watched me climb up on his little chair and followed.  Quick learner!



We got the snack tray for James’ BOB stroller.  I was a little disappointed by it’s design but I had read reviews so I was warned it might be a bit weird.  It is very high and wouldn’t work for a younger or shorter baby at all, James at 18 months can barely see over it.  It will work though and it is super easy to put on and off so I can always take it off and place it in the basket below.


I thought I would plant some grass in the front yard except I didn’t buy even close to enough.  But, since this was like a week ago… as of now the grass is coming in nicely in the little patch I seeded!


James enjoying some seaweed snacks. He really likes them!

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I finally got around to painting this ugly beast.  James helped me! He still has some nice oil-based paint in his hair but it will wear off eventually.  I also then realized that the bright white radiator made the rest of our white trim in the kitchen look dingy. So I used the rest of my paint doing the trim.  I’ve got a little bit left to do but ran out of paint so I will finish that next week.



We started a chalkboard wall for James! I painted this much but now to hang the little cups and probably cut a bit of trim for the top I need Joe’s help! I will post more on that later.


Luckily Joe spent all that time power brushing the yard a couple weeks ago because this week, for the first time in at least the 6 years we have lived here, they came to clear out all the gravel from the ditch! James and I were creepers and we sat in the yard watching the big trucks do their work.  I’m sure the crew loved that.

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Cowboy James and Cowgirl Cora.

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We haven’t done a ton of planned activities lately… we’ve been spending more time outside, at the playground and in the backyard but this day was cold and rainy so we had a little sensory box.  I saved loads of toilet paper rolls and we played with those and some little puff balls and bubble wrap and just random little toys in a box.